Sunday, May 28, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY is NOT Just A 3-Day Weekend !!!!

A Shady View at Arlington National Cemetery
in the shade at Arlington National Cemetery,
if you have been here you will understand the staggering awe which sweeps over you,
you gasp, you are breathless, then you weep.

one of my girlfriend's father is buried here, her deceased mother who followed
many years later (never re-married) is interred in the same grave site.

hero's all



REMEMBER OUR MILITARY and THEIR FAMILIES YOU IN PRAYERS

photo by the amazing DAVID FULLER
OF BOSTON COMMON

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Upcoming Posts on ITALY & PACIFIC NORTHWEST - Guest Writers Invited !!!



the Pacific Northwest
from Northern California to Victoria & onward up the mountains
Alaska is another adventure


& of course
ITALY
where my heart lives

coolchicstylepensiero:
“(via Decor & Places : La Villa Sola Cabiati, Lago di Como, Italy) www.coolchicstylefashion.com
”

La Villa Sola Cabiati, Lago di Como, Italy




below, 
overlooking Lago di Garda, Italy
Lake Garda, with the town of Malcesine on its eastern shore, northern Italy.
we'll cover ITALY
from Milan to the Northern Lake Country,
 over to Venice & the Adriatic Sea,
across to Rome and the countryside,
then down from Naples to the famous Amalfi Coast

please let me know if you would like to 
GUEST POST
on either of these locations

I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT

also don't forget the beautiful straw bags like this one,
which we're selling for $49, on the blog a couple of posts back


XX'S
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paper Dolls



OMG, who among us will admit to remembering paper dolls ?

My grandmother, whom I called Mom-Mom, had
the most amazing collection of artifacts from
her childhood, and since she had 5 sisters there was a huge collection of vintage paper dolls, 
all passed on to my as the 1st girl grandchild.

putting outfits together on POLYVORE reminds me so much
of paper dolls.
you see, even as a 6-10 year old I was into fashion big time.

if you haven't played around on Polyvore, it's simply drag & drop fashion onto your own board, 
and you've gotta do it.
it's like coloring...once you begin you must finish.

& now tell me what you think of my outfit today
PLEASE 







Wearing to a Poolside Fashion Show by splenderosa on Polyvore featuring Dolce&Gabbana, J Brand, Valentino, Erickson Beamon and Mallary Marks:


& stay tuned

coming up on the blog

my seasonal travel adventures for everyone's bucket lists

Italy

the Pacific Northwest, 
including Victoria & onward up into the mountains...

this time I'm going to talk about what to take with you on each of these adventures

there's probably no one better qualified to give you 
FASHION ADVICE
right from a professional's trick bag & from my lifestyle as the wife of one of the
most worldly wise men around.



this is something you will learn on your own 
if you travel as much as I have & made
ALL the mistakes I've made.

so, like I said, keep coming back for more

this time I'm doing installments,
there'll be a 4 day discussion of Italy

a 3 day discussion of the Pacific NW

love to all


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Is It SUMMER Yet ?

mirnah:
“Dreaming of… Amalfi Coast, Italy.
”



SUMMER BAGS

you know how difficult it is to find 
A REALLY NICE STRAW/WICKER/RATTAN BAG?

I look everywhere sometimes, and find that they're all pretty much the same,
and look cheap :)'s

below you will find 
THE ONE

& it's a really nice-sized bag


$49.00 + Shipping
PRE-ORDER ONLY
ships in about 2 weeks to you

9" x 7" x 4"

we bought 6 of each color, but don't wait because, as you know, 
EVERYONE always wants the SAME one !!


#1
Tan/Brown
3 sold


#2
Blue/Tan
only 2 left

#3
PINK/TAN
4 sold


#4
BROWNS

# 5
BEIGE/TAN

#6
Forest Green/Brown
SOLD OUT



show below, the handbag is opened
I didn't order the yellow color, this is just shown so you can see
see it open


to PRE-ORDER
please click on the payment link top left sidebar
"STRAW HANDBAGS"
& the drop-down menu will show you the colors & #'s

DON'T FORGET THERE ARE OTHER ITEMS FOR SALE AT DRASTICALLY
REDUCED PRICES,
JUST SCROLL DOWN THROUGH MY PAST POSTS TO FIND THEM.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Who Hasn't Longed for This View ?


I love overlooking the sea.
No matter where I go I'm happier when I can see the sea,
or a large body of water, like Lake Como for example.

Do we all feel this way?

Or you a Mountain Person or a Sea Person
??????


I would love to know, and then to know why.

lovely weekend.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PRETTINESS



SUMMER BAGS

you know how difficult it is to find 
A REALLY NICE STRAW/WICKER/RATTAN BAG?

I look everywhere sometimes, and find that they're all pretty much the same,
and look cheap :)'s

below you will find 
THE ONE

& it's a really nice-sized bag


$49.00 + Shipping
PRE-ORDER ONLY
ships in about 2 weeks to you

9" x 7" x 4"

we bought 6 of each color, but don't wait because, as you know, 
EVERYONE always wants the SAME one !!


#1
Tan/Brown
3 sold



#2
Blue/Tan
only 2 left

#3
PINK/TAN
4 sold


#4
BROWNS

# 5
BEIGE/TAN

#6
Forest Green/Brown
SOLD OUT



show below, the handbag is opened
I didn't order the yellow color, this is just shown so you can see
see it open


to PRE-ORDER
please click on the payment link top left sidebar
"STRAW HANDBAGS"
& the drop-down menu will show you the colors & #'s

DON'T FORGET THERE ARE OTHER ITEMS FOR SALE AT DRASTICALLY
REDUCED PRICES,
JUST SCROLL DOWN THROUGH MY PAST POSTS TO FIND THEM.




I've begun packing up for the move to Wimberley, Texas,
it's between Austin & San Antonio in our beautiful hill country...
I may stay with my daughter for a little while until we find the perfect home for
me & Bono (my Maltese).

life there is just so wonderful & relaxing,
there are deer walking around throughout her neighborhool, then there are the most
interesting little shops & cafe's.

look carefully
:)'s
awwww-cute:
“Don’t let your dreams be dreams (Source: http://ift.tt/2qQBZgP)
”


& I also think there might just be a MAN who could be interesting, maybe
looking for a woman to travel with or have a partner for dinner, etc.
it's not easy being on my own.

& to all of you with husbands,
take my word for it...no matter what they do...revere them !!!

horsesarecreatures:
“ Ione Del Gottero, Murgese filly. Photo by Christiane Slawik.
”


and, so now I've decided it is time to savor life's sweet moments, be more relaxed,
less formal, more comfortable and not so "dressed up"
...dinner parties at my home where everyone can just come as they are,
with open arms and love for each other's company.

my life, all of my life, has been a whirlwind.
dinners out 3-4 times a week, always dressed because all my friends dressed.
galas, which required ball  gowns, charity committments, contributions of every kind,
travelling often, etc etc etc.


 now my daughter & I are planning a trip by car to the Pacific Coast, to see Yosemite again, & just to drive along the shoreline up through Oregon.
no schedule, only to know we have a place to spend the night at where ever we land.
I want to drive because it's just so beautiful taking the road through the Northern
routes.  

we can take Colt, her son who is almost 4, 
her husband, if he'll go,
& 4 dogs.

I want to take the dogs.  Is that coo-coo?


& then, I'll go back to Italy, maybe by myself.
I know Sorrento so well I wouldn't feel uncomfortable being alone,
and when you know Italians you are NEVER ALONE !!
mirnah:
“Dreaming of… Amalfi Coast, Italy.
”
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Monday, May 15, 2017

A RED Handbag ..... We ALL Need One



perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas Holidays, Valentine Day
I mean, WHO doesn't need a great red bag?

this one is Large, but not too large, not over-the-top large & not XL.
it has a removable leopard print bag inside,
a small wallet-sized removable envelope for credit cards, phone
& a shoulder strap

originally $250. this is the ONLY one I have left, so don't wait !!
$ 99.00 + shipping
USA only

Close-Up of Handles


 BELOW, THE RED COLOR SHOWS IN BOTTOM OF PIC






click link at top left sidebar to purchase

first come, first served

I'm selling off excess invento

ry, my dear readers, I simply MUST MAKE ROOM
for what comes next.

love love love
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day reprise



The girls will be having a small luncheon just for themselves on

Mother's Day,

before they go to the manor house. 
The weather is so nice
they wanted to be outside
with their animal friends for awhile...



remember these 2 ?




Mom-Mom was so proud of her hydrangeas this Spring...
after lunch the girls would cut some of the magnificent blooms
to take to friend's homes.  Such a nice little tradition.


And, the animals they adored....












the adoption finally went through...





mother & daughter at rest



a big basket of pink flowers for each one of you




lovlae:
“ chloĆ© spring 2016 ready-to-wear details
”
Happy Mother's Day
from one mother to all mothers

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